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By STEPHEN WHYNO
AP Sports Writer
Washington Redskins running back Adrian Peterson (26) dives over a scrum while scoring a touchdown against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins linebacker Nate Orchard, right, blocks a punt attempt by New York Giants punter Riley Dixon during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants defensive end B.J. Hill (95) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) sack Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum throws a pass against the New York Giants during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard, center left, congratulates tight end Kaden Smith after he caught a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the second half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins, bottom, lies on the ground after being sacked by New York Giants linebacker Lorenzo Carter, not visible, during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Haskins walked to a cart and was taken off the field after the play. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley, right, catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley catches a touchdown pass from quarterback Daniel Jones during the first half of an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) and tight end Hale Hentges (88) celebrate after they connected for a touchdown pass and catch against the Washington Redskins during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Washington Redskins wide receiver Steven Sims (15) celebrates after scoring on a touchdown pass from quarterback Dwayne Haskins, not visible, during the first half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard (87) falls into the end zone for a touchdown after making a catch on a pass from quarterback Daniel Jones, not visible, as Washington Redskins strong safety Landon Collins (20) tries to defend during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. Giants' Golden Tate (15) reacts on the play. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones works out prior to an NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
LANDOVER, Md. (AP) Daniel Jones put together the best performance of his rookie season fresh off an ankle injury, throwing for 352 yards and five touchdown passes in the New York Giants' 41-35 overtime victory against the Washington Redskins on Sunday.
Jones was 28 of 42 in his first action since missing the past two games with a sprained right ankle. He tossed two TDs to Kaden Smith - including the game-winner - and also connected with Sterling Shepard, Saquon Barkley and Cody Latimer. His career-best fifth TD pass, 3 yards to Smith, came with 4:15 left in overtime after the Redskins (3-12) tied it in the final minute of regulation.
Barkley was the perfect complement for Jones and tormented a Redskins secondary missing several regulars. He was responsible for 279 total yards: 189 rushing and 90 receiving and a score each way.
The trio of Jones, Barkley and Shepard showed further evidence that whoever is running the Giants (4-11) next season has talented building blocks to work with on offense, along with a high draft pick.
With the loss, the Redskins moved into the driver's seat to draft Ohio State pass rusher Chase Young.
The Chase Young Bowl was a showcase of prolific playmaking and porous defense. Barkley ran for 108 yards on his first four carries, while Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins was 12 of 15 for 133 yards and two TD passes before injuring his left ankle on the first play of the second half.
Veteran Case Keenum relieved Haskins and threw his first passes since Oct. 24, when he was concussed at Minnesota. He was 16 of 22 for 158 yards and rushed for the tying score with 29 seconds left in the fourth.
With and without Haskins, the Redskins offense similarly showed off some young weapons to entice a strong coaching candidate. Undrafted free agent receiver Steven Sims caught two TD passes, and third-round steal Terry McLaurin had seven receptions for 86 yards.
SAQUON GOES OFF
Barkley came into the day with just one run of 40-plus yards this season. He busted out a 32-yard run on New York's first possession and turned Redskins safety Montae Nicholson inside out during a 67-yard TD on his fourth carry.
He also had the game's longest reception at 51 yards when Jones found him wide open in the first quarter.
When Haskins injured his right ankle earlier this month at Green Bay, the 15th overall pick insisted he wasn't coming out. He wasn't afforded the opportunity to show the same toughness Sunday after a sack by Giants linebacker Markus Golden had him hobbling off the field favoring his left ankle before being carted off.
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When he scored early in the fourth quarter, Washington's Adrian Peterson recorded his 111th career rushing touchdown. That broke a tie with Walter Payton and put Peterson in sole possession of fourth on the NFL's career list.
Giants: RT Mike Remmers left in the first half with a concussion. ... LB Alec Ogletree was absent from the first series on with a back injury.
Redskins: McLaurin was injured while making a catch with 47 seconds left in the fourth quarter. He was evaluated for head and shoulder injuries. ... Lost RT Morgan Moses to a knee injury in the third quarter shortly after Haskins was knocked out of the game. ... S Montae Nicholson injured his neck in overtime. ... Played without cornerbacks Quinton Dunbar and Fabian Moreau, who were out with hamstring injuries.
Giants: Host the Philadelphia Eagles next Sunday in what could be Pat Shurmur's last game as coach.
Redskins: Visit the Dallas Cowboys next Sunday in what's expected to be interim coach Bill Callahan's final game.
Five Fantasy Takeaways from Week 7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (finger) will miss the team's Week 8 contest against the Giants after fracturing his left index finger in the win over the Raiders. Godwin reportedly suffered the injury while making his touchdown grab in the fourth quarter against Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the injuries keep on piling up for Godwin and his fantasy managers, as he's already dealt with a concussion and a bad hamstring. Fortunately, the team is optimistic that he'll only miss their Week 8 contest and be able to return for Week 9 against the Saints. In Godwin's absence, Mike Evans (ankle) and Scotty Miller (hip) will pick up the receiving reps, with Antonio Brown not expected to suit up until the New Orleans game.
Los Angeles Rams kicker Samuel Sloman needed to put together a strong performance in Week 7, but he still couldn't quite get the job done against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He went just one of two on his field goals, and his miss was even blocked. The Rams brought in veteran Kai Forbath last week to push Sloman for the job, but he still didn't have a flawless week. It's quite possible we see a changing of the guard prior to Week 8 against the Dolphins. The Rams offense has potential to be profitable for whoever is their kicker, but this situation is one to avoid for now for fantasy managers.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds is often his team's third option in the receiving game, but he was the team's top option in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He caught four of his eight targets for 52 yards and a touchdown. The unfortunate issue for Reynolds is his lack of consistent volume. Despite having a quarterback that averages over 31 passing attempts per game, Reynolds only averages just over four targets per game. In deeper leagues, he can be an interesting flex play based on the matchup, but he's not going to be very consistent in that role unless one of Cooper Kupp or Robert Woods misses time with an injury.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods has long been one of the most consistent receivers in fantasy, but he struggled to a quiet night in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He caught three of his five targets for 22 yards and he added four carries for 23 yards. This offense actively works to get the ball in the hands of Woods, and he's going to have better weeks ahead. However, he's largely a WR2/3 in most weeks unless he's able to get into the end zone. Moving forward, you're still keeping him in your lineups and you're hoping for better matchups.
Los Angeles Rams tight end Gerald Everett was announced as the starter at tight end shortly before the team's Monday night game against the Chicago Bears, and he played well in that spot. He caught four of his five targets for 28 yards and he also secured the ever-important touchdown. Tight end Tyler Higbee (hand) missed the contest due to an injury, but it still came as a surprise to most people. If Higbee winds up missing more time, Everett would immediately become fantasy viable and insert himself into the low-end TE2 picture. Keep tabs on Higbee's practice status leading up to the Week 8 tilt against the Dolphins.
The Los Angeles Rams Defense has been a strong option all year, and they played lights-out in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. They harassed Bears quarterback Nick Foles all night and they forced him into multiple mistakes. They allowed only 10 points on the night, although seven of them were due to a mistake by the offense, and they were able to record four sacks on Foles. They also had a pair of interceptions and they had multiple opportunities to come down with more of them. Unless something dramatically changes, they're going to be in the conversation as a top-10 defense every week moving forward. Week 8 will present them with an intriguing matchup against first-round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who will be making his first career start for Miami. Continue to fire up the Rams defense.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was shut down in Week 6, but he bounced back against a tough Chicago Bears Defense in Week 7 on Monday night. He caught all six of his targets for 43 yards and he added one run for 16 yards. Kupp was second on the team in targets and he remained an integral part of this offense. Quarterback Jared Goff has looked Kupp's way more than any other pass-catcher this season, and that's probably not going to stop. Kupp's WR1 ceiling isn't really there like it was last year, but he does still have a safe WR2 floor on a week-to-week basis.
Los Angeles Rams running back Malcolm Brown hadn't done much over the last month, but he showed some life in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He had 10 carries for 57 yards and he was able to get into the end zone. Brown brings little to nothing in the receiving game, and that's why his touchdowns are so important. With the lack of work that rookie running back Cam Akers is getting, Brown is able to get into the flex conversation on a weekly basis in deeper leagues as a touchdown-dependent option near the goal line.
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff didn't put up a hefty yardage total in Week 7 against the Chicago Bears on Monday night, but he still managed to put together a solid fantasy outing. He completed 23 of 33 passes for 219 yards and two touchdowns. Goff continues to hover in the lower end of the QB1 conversation, and he performed well despite a bad matchup. Moving forward, he's definitely a weekly streaming option with byes factored in, and he has the upside to have some big performances thanks to the weapons he has around him.
Los Angeles Rams running back Darrell Henderson remained the lead back in Week 7, but he couldn't put together a great fantasy performance against the Chicago Bears on Monday night. He had 15 carries for 64 yards to go with two receptions for 13 yards. Henderson was taken off the field when his team got down near the goal line, and that really sapped his ceiling for fantasy managers. It's clear that he's going to be the leading rusher for this team every week, regardless of the draft capital that was invested in rookie running back Cam Akers, who was a second-round selection. At the very least, Henderson is an RB3/flex option on a weekly basis as long as he maintains his hold on the lead-back duties in LA.
The Jacksonville Jaguars placed wide receiver Dede Westbrook (knee) on Injured Reserve on Monday after he suffered a season-ending knee injury in the Week 7 loss to the Chargers. The team activated defensive end/linebacker Aaron Lynch to the active roster after he came out of retirement in a corresponding move. Westbrook was believed to have suffered a torn ACL during a kickoff return on Sunday. The fourth-year receiver was buried on the depth chart in 2020 behind the likes of D.J. Chark Jr., rookie Laviska Shenault Jr., Keelan Cole and Chris Conley, which is why he caught just one pass for four yards in his two games this season. Even in dynasty/keeper leagues, Westbrook isn't worth holding onto.
New England Patriots wide receiver N'Keal Harry (head) was forced to exit early during the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He hauled in one of his two targets for six yards before leaving because of a head injury. Harry has not shown much upside even when he is on the field. He has become droppable in most standard formats and won't have great value versus the Buffalo Bills next week.
New England Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd is a few weeks removed from a game where he saw 10 targets versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Sadly, Byrd hasn't been involved too much since then. He hauled in one of his two targets for 16 yards in the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Pats offense has been awful lately, so it's tough to assume Byrd is going to pick things up anytime soon. He could be worth holding in deep leagues, but that's about it for the moment.
New England Patriots wide receiver Jakobi Meyers had one reception on the season heading into the Week 7 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers. He surprisingly saw some action during the blowout loss here. N'Keal Harry (head) was forced to exit early, which opened up playing time for Meyers. He hauled in four of his six targets for 60 yards during the Week 7 loss. No one is worth trusting on the Pats offense right now. However, Meyers could be worth looking at in deep leagues for their matchup with the Buffalo Bills next week.
New England Patriots running back James White has been a decent PPR flex option this season, but was a forgotten man during the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It's unclear why White barely saw the field during this one. He finished with one reception for three yards during the blowout loss. Maybe the team scaled back his workload because they were already getting destroyed early on. Fantasy owners can hope for a bounce back performance against the Buffalo Bills next week.
New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman hasn't been able to do much of anything on the field since Week 2. His performances are becoming laughable at this point in the season. He finished with one reception on three targets for 13 yards in the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Pats offense is horrendous, so fantasy owners in 12-team standard leagues can pretty much give up on Edelman at this point. He has posted four straight awful performances, so there's not a good chance it gets better against the Buffalo Bills in Week 8.
New England Patriots running back Rex Burkhead hasn't seen a heavy workload lately and that is unlikely going to change. He rushed four times for 12 yards and hauled in three receptions for 35 yards in the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. It appears Burkhead and James White are going to split up the pass catching duties in New England. That being said, it's going to be tough to predict Burkhead's fantasy value on a weekly basis. He's probably worth a stash in 14/16 team leagues right now.
New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton looked horrendous during the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He completed nine of 15 passing attempts for 98 yards and zero touchdowns with three interceptions. He also rushed five times for 19 yards before being benched in the second half. To be fair, Jarrett Stidham didn't look much better since the Pats receivers can't get open. Head coach Bill Belichick confirmed that Newton is the starting quarterback going forward. He'll be a QB2 option against the Buffalo Bills next week.
The Denver Broncos Defense had a daunting matchup in Week 7 against the Super Bowl champions, and they proved they weren't up to the task in the 43-16 blowout loss on Sunday. It came a week after the defense stepped up to slow down Cam Newton and the Patriots in an upset win. But the defense was back to their old ways, only creating one turnover while sacking Patrick Mahomes four times. Through seven weeks, the Denver D ranks 22nd in the NFL in fantasy points, 10th in sacks (18) and have created just six total turnovers (three interceptions, three fumble recoveries). They allow 251.8 passing yards per game (20th in the league) and 109 rushing yards per game (24th). They won't be a particularly attractive play in Week 8 against a Chargers team that just dropped 39 points on the Jaguars.
New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham saw some reps during the second half of the Week 7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. Quarterback Cam Newton was benched after a three interception performance. Sadly, it didn't get much better once Stidham took over under center. He completed six of 10 passing attempts for 64 yards and one interception. Stidham looks awkward, uncomfortable, and confused in the pocket. The Pats confirmed that Newton is the starter going forward. There's almost no reason to own Stidham in any format whatsoever.